“Who am i? My name is Ish

On my hand I have a dish.
I have this dish to help me wish.
When I wish to make a wish
I wave my hand with a big swish swish.
Then I say, “I wish for fish!”
And I get fish right on my dish.
So…
If you wish to make a wish,
you may swish for fish with my Ish wish dish.”

– The Good Doctor Seuss

I remember reading One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish when I was a little kid. The Good Doctor was indeed a genius. I had forgotten all about the book until I had kids of my own and decided to participate in the circle of life. Always puts a smile on my face when I read it to them. Anyways, Ish Smith first made us smile back in 2014 when he played for the 76ers and flashed potential. Unfortunately, he’d disappear, then flash. Disappear, then flash, until we pushed him to the side and forgot about him. Well, he’s baaaaaaaaack. With Reggie Jackson out 6-8 weeks with an ankle injury, Ish will be taking over the reigns at point guard for the Pistons. If last night was any indication, we may not have to wish for a dish. Rather, we may get lots of swish swish.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 18 7 5 1 1 1 0 9/18 0

Here’s what else I saw last night:

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Marreese Speights:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 16 5 1 0 1 0 2/8 5/13 4/4

I’ll give my two year old daughter a bowl of grapes. She will eat and eat and eat and eat. When I say, “no more” her hands instantly dig into the bowl and out emerges a double fist of grapes. That’s Mo Buckets on the court. He knows his time on the court is limited, so when he’s out there, he’s chucking up as many shots as he can. Mo Buckets! Mo Buckets! Mo Buckets!

Aaron Gordon returned from injury and played 30 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 14 7 2 0 1 5 2/2 6/12 0

The evil nine-game-losing-streak that was wreaking havoc in Orlando was finally eradicated with the return of the Commissioner. The good folks at Disney give thanks, as the Happiest Place on Earth was feeling the effects.

Evan Fournier also returned from injury and played 33 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 3 5 2 0 3 3/5 6/13 2/2

Evian. Pure. Natural. And yes, he’s got some Springs.

Bizmack Biyombo:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 12 13 0 1 1 2 0 5/7 2/2

Who gonna sex Biyombo?! The Bizmack came out guns a blazing.

Elfrid Payton almost messed around.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 19 8 8 1 0 2 1/2 6/12 6/6

I don’t know what’s more impressive? AC Green never having sexual relations while playing in the NBA or Elf playing with that thing on his head.

Jonathon Simmons:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 7 6 4 4 0 3 0/2 3/13 1/1

A poor shooting night, but it’s encouraging that he contributed in the periphery categories. Four steals! Security!!! I was concerned that the usage rates for both Elf and Simmons would suffer when Gordon and Evian returned. It looks like all will be fine, as Vuc’s usage seems to be split evenly among the four.

Andre Drummond:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 17 18 5 1 3 3 0 7/16 3/4

Stocktonator did not forget about Dre, as it loved him last night.

With Jeff Teague out, Tyus Jones got the start and played 35 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
6 4 5 5 0 1 0/2 2/5 2/2

He only put up five shot attempts. That’s probably because he stole five and was busy running away from mall security. I kid. I kid. Jones probably won’t hoist up too many shots, but he will chip in some boards, dish out some dimes, and get his crook on. He already has two games with four steals and one game with seven! Since he plays for Thibs, you know the minutes will be there.

Jimmy Butler, Andrew Wiggins, and Karl-Anthony Towns scored 20, 21, and 22 points respectively. Is that what they call the company line?

Jamal Crawford played 26 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 1 3 0 1 4 0/5 4/13 3/3

That’s 26 minutes in back-to-back games. Here are his shot attempts for the past six games: 13, 11, 10, 11, 14, and 16. Craw is 37 years old!!!

Eric Bledsoe:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 26 3 6 5 0 4 2/4 8/15 8/8

Played 34 minutes and led the Bucks in scoring. Was it “Police Appreciation Day at Dunkin’ Donuts” last night or something? There sure was a lot of thievery going on.

Malcolm Brogdon:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 13 5 3 1 0 2 1/2 5/9 2/2

Played 26 minutes. Brogdon is basically Marcus Smart, if you took some of the attributes from rebounding and assists and shifted them over to the shooting percentages.

Michael Beasley:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 12 4 2 1 1 0 9/13 5/5

Played 33 minutes. There are some that respond to the question of, “I’ve got a problem. You down?” with questions like “what happened?” “are you okay” “what’s the problem?” Then, there are others that just respond with, “Let’s roll.” Beasley is the latter.

Frank Ntilikina:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
9 3 11 3 0 1 1/2 4/11 0

Oh my God. Oh my God. Oh my God. Is it happening? Well, New Jack City is still starting and played 31 minutes, so probably not, but all I see is that he played more than 30 minutes for the first time all season.

With Kawhi Leonard ending up sitting (and ruining countless DFS lineups), Kyle Anderson got the start and played 29 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 8 0 1 0 1 0 4/4 8/8

Fitting that a Mr. Anderson would screw over so many.

Pau Gasol:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 11 7 0 0 0 1/2 7/11 2/3

Ka-Pau! A double-dub in now four straight games, with one being a triple-dub. Pau! Pau! Pau!

LaMarcus Aldridge:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 25 5 4 0 2 1 0/2 8/19 9/12

Played 36 minutes and led the Spurs in scoring. LMAO that I thought LMA would be a bust.

James Harden:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
34 6 10 2 0 8 5/15 7/27 15/15

Who doesn’t get Harden excited while watching him play? If you raised your hand, you may want to go get checked for ED.

Eric Gordon:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 24 3 3 1 0 1 4/14 9/23 2/3

Impressive performance, considering the Celtics are pretty good guarding the perimeter.

Speaking of the Celtics defense, they held the Rockets to 98 points. That was only the third time all season the Rockets have been held under 100 points. The other two times were by the Grizzlies.

Kyrie Irving:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 4 4 2 1 6 1/6 9/18 7/8

What’s more impressive? Slow-mo of Neo dodging bullets or Kyrie getting his dribble on?

Marcus Smart:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 13 6 5 2 3 2 1/5 6/14 0

Please scroll back up to the Brogdon section. Thanks.

Jayson Tatum:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 19 5 1 2 1 0 0/3 5/11 9/11

So good. I hope he doesn’t have the same career arc as his brother from another mother, Channing.

Dario Saric:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 25 9 4 2 0 3 5/6 10/12 0

Has scored double figures in every game this month. Will also grab a nice amount of boards. Home Depot can’t wait till he retires from the NBA.

Robert Covington:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 4 2 5 0 0 0 1/1 1/2 1/2

Played 24 minutes but seemed to have left the game with a finger injury. Cut it off! He’s got four more.

Joel Embiid:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
29 9 3 0 1 4 6/12 9/21 5/8

He should touch the ball every single possession. But, he does not. Very illogical.

Ben Simmons:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 4 8 1 0 3 0 7/17 3/3

His shooting is really a detriment, especially during crunch time. He gets the ball, passes it to a teammate, then just sets a screen and floats around like a ghost. Is he afraid of shooting free throws? For a player that’s the point guard of the team, he has a remarkably low usage rate. Paging Dr. Hopla. Your assistance is required. Dr. Hopla.

Jusuf Nurkic:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 21 12 1 1 1 1 0/1 5/13 11/16

Looked The Process in the eyes and said, “this is what a finished product looks like.”

With Damian Lillard out, Shabazz Napier got the start and played 34 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 23 3 3 3 0 5 2/6 7/14 7/9

He is so quick and has really developed his offensive repertoire. I’m sure he learned some things from Dame and CJ.

CJ McCollum:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
34 7 4 1 0 3 2/5 9/20 14/14

  1. Quintero says:
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    Happy Holidays SON!

    BroLo and Jahill both available, would drop DeMarre Carrol for them?
    h2h 12er 9cat.
    My team:
    Rubio, DSJ
    Booker Reddick
    Draymond, Aminu
    Love Mirotic
    KAT, WCS
    J-Rich and Carrol

    Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Quintero: To you as well!

      I’d sit tight

  2. Steven Boyle says:
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    Hey Son,

    Having some roster space issues with Gordon coming off the IL. I need to drop one guy to activate him. Here’s my squad:
    T. Johnson, Dipo, Murray, Jus. Holiday, Dinwiddie, DSJ, Buckets, Biyombo, Kawhi, Collins, Bell, Favors, Smart (streamer spot)

    Should I just drop Smart and lay off streaming for a bit or is there someone else you think I should drop?

    Thanks, Happy New Year

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Steven Boyle: Yeah, it’d be Smart to let him go

  3. Fizz says:
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    Points league. I got offered M. Turner and Porzingus for Curry and Henson. Thoughts?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Fizz: What’s your squad look like?

      • Fizz says:
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        @Son
        Curry
        I. Thomas
        Embiid
        D. Jordan
        Dedmond
        Ingram
        Markannen
        C. Anthony
        DSJ
        Tatum
        Henson
        D. Russell
        Hollis Jefferson

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Fizz: Naw, I’d pass

  4. J-FOH says:
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    What up Son. Been a minute. Wait can we still say a minute? Before I get into my Lakers I have to say I don’t know how I feel about the stat line boxes. Kinda weird in a fancy way.

    I read all the hoop yapperers talk about needing to trade Randle, that no one will take that Deng contract, and over judging Alonzo who has steadily improved as his confidence has grown. Also I have a huge boner for Hart lately. His hustle and growing confidence makes the future look bright for him…. as a 6th man. Any thoughts on your end about my statements?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @J-FOH: What up JFOH! You can say whatever you wanna say. Anyone says shit, then we will tell them to GFOH.

      As for the stat boxes, the people didn’t like me writing everything out. The numbers with /’s always looked weird to me. I thought the boxes would look cleaner and is actually easier for me to do. Weird, yet fancy. Sounds French. Is that a good or bad thing? Pre-WW2 France or post?

      As for our beloved Lakers, I do think they need to trade Randle. I like him as a player but his contract is up soon and there’s no way we can/should sign him. Gotta make room for PG or LeBron or whomever.

      As for Deng contract, there’s always a way to move a contract. Sometimes you have to pay a premium though. I really don’t see that being too big of an issue. Actually, I read something a month ago that there’s a way to sign him to a long term contract, defer a ton of money over a period of years, which would lower the cap hit.

      I think Zo will be fine. Things like a J can be fixed. His instincts and IQ are pretty advanced. Hes only 20 years old!!!! Let the dude play some games, but we all know there’s more scrutiny due to his pops.

      I’m with you on Hart. He’s tough, strong, and can shoot. He’s like Nwaba with a J.

      As for JFOH, missed you. Don’t be a stranger danger. Ha! Hope all is good in Sons of Anarchy land.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Son: stranger danger? I haven’t been called that since last weekend

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @J-FOH: I knew I saw you last weekend. Rolling in the windowless van offering candy to the kids.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Son: kids? Nah I offer private pillates and yoga instruction to MILF’s

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @J-FOH: I offer to be the yoga mat for MILFs. I have a feeling your endeavor is a little more successful than mine

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Son: the free “full body” massage is a big winner

                • Son

                  Son says:
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                  @J-FOH: Ha! Damn, I’m still in the “I’ll pay you so I can massage” stage. You are a true master

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Son: the master is getting legit “therapists” at a nice spa to do the rub and tug at no extra charge.

                    • Son

                      Son says:
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                      @J-FOH: But you still paying in that scenario. The master would be to get paid to get massaged and then tipped for allowing a rub and tug. I guess that would just make a porn star

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      Thats like saying you want to dunk on a 12 foot rim

                    • Son

                      Son says:
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                      @J-FOH: Ha! Good point

  5. 2rule says:
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    Is my ariza for his millsap so much? Im in a up-mid position in a 14 league thx

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @2rule: yes

      • 2rule says:
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        Ariza+ghill for milsap+jsimmons

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @2rule: Am I missing something with Millsap? Why are you trading for him?

          • 2rule says:
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            Will come after allstarbreak and be ready for the fantasy playoffs i think

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @2rule: Got it. Just seems early for that move. With that said, if you wanna make the move, I do think it’s possible to acquire for less than Ariza, but everyone values players differently. Start the dialogue and see where the other owner stands.

  6. Mr. Blast says:
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    Ayyyyo!

    Wtup Son ?!

    Got offered James Johnson for my Hardaway..

    What do you think ?

    Sucks we wont have one of your write ups until next year…

    Peace my dude !

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Mr. Blast: Ayo!!! What up, what up?! I’m cool with JJ, unless you need 3s.

      Ha! Until next year. Forgot about that!

      Have a Happy New Year!!!

  7. Pavel says:
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    Son. Connundrum. current squad:
    g: westbrook, wall, rubio, tyus “liangelo” jones,
    f: draymond, ariza, lee, aminu, wilson chandler
    c: horford, jokic, cauley stein, jordan bell

    assists and steals are solid because of my centers playing like they’re guards. So I ask I got this offer of KAT for my Westbrook. Should I ask for more? Does the trade help boost my fg%, ft%, less turnovers and make me more competitive in blocks? I respect your opinion papasito, let me have it!

    • Son

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      @Pavel: Ha! Liangelo. Perfect. As for KAT for Russ, It’s a fair trade and it will help you in all the categories you mentioned. I would usually side with the KAT side, but you are good at center and can’t deny the massive usage of Russ. He’s back to Hulk Smash Russ.

  8. Arief says:
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    Hii Son,

    My team : giannis,cp3,jokic,jrue,ariza,pau,dmitch,marwil,randle,moore,lee

    Need advice would you drop anyone of my team for FA ??

    FA : jaylen,hield,gortat,brolo,w.chandler,barea

    H2h 9cat 14 teams

    Thanks son

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Arief: Looks good to me.

  9. Jake says:
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    Drop hill for chriss?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Jake: I’m good with it

  10. Jason says:
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    Hi son,
    May i ask for your advice? 9cat 10 team league. I think my players are good but we have some great FAs at the moment. Maybe i could get your input for swith with FA

    My team:
    G: curry, paul,mitchell,payton,harris,lee,murray
    F: porter,covington,whiteside,favors
    C: horford, nurk

    FA: DSJ, markannen, biyombo, lyles, jj

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Your team is fine. Just remember that in a 10 team league, there will always be guys on the wire. I’d swap out Elf for DSJ, but that’s just cuz DSJ is my boo.

      • Jason says:
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        @Son: thanks son, i’m trying some two to one trades to get better players.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          Never a bad thing to explore.

  11. Jake says:
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    Trade away love and TJ Warren for porzingis and ariza?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Jake: I prefer the Love side, but if you need blocks, then do it

  12. Justin says:
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    9 cat league. Tyus Jones or Caris LeVert?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Justin: I think LeVert has more long term viablility

  13. J says:
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    Who ya like between Milos Teodosic or Kobi Simmons or George Hill as a plug n play today?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @J: Milos

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